Ratman197 (15350) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle poured a clear gold with a small lingering off white head. Aromas of rye, earthiness and pine. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of rye, earthiness and light pine with a crisp dry lightly bitter lingering rye finish. Lubiere (14151) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2012
A hazed amber ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, a nice smooth rye bread with floral hops, very nicely done. In mouth, a smooth nutty malt with piney hops, menthol notes, oily, nice and smooth. Bottle at Istmus Beer and Cheese Fest, Jan 21 2012. crossovert (13869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
On Tap. It is actually pretty good, the chinook comes through especially, it isn’t super bitter but it is a good enough level. Although as all of america I think the WI brewers have sadly joined the rye and black ipa bandwagons. Dogbrick (13751) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 02/23/2012. This beer is a slightly hazy yellow-amber color with a medium fizzy white head that burns away steadily to a film. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, malt and a bit of spice. Light body with flavors of floral hops, sweet malt and a touch of spice. The finish is mildly hoppy with a short earthy aftertaste. Slightly above average overall. Sammy (12728) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2011
Bottle fresh from Sprecher brewery. Floral hops, golden yellow body with a generous retained white creamy head. Average mouthfeel, with some astringency, but still a good drinker because of the edge and hop profile. Really bitter as the IBU 73 shows. Must try for hopheads and anyone a fan of the bitter or sour camp.
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Thanks to graniteskunk! Pours a golden color. White head. Cascade hops are evident from initial aroma followed by some caramel malt, and light yeasty tones. Flavor is hop forward, bitter, fruity, and finishes a bit metallic. BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Tap at the Sprecher tour/reserve tasting. Amber pour with a big clingy white head. Aroma of citrus hop and earth. Medium palate. Big citrus, earth, and rye taste, although it was a bit astringent. Paired with a monterrey jack cheese with morels and leeks - good combo. phaleslu (10652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2011
12 oz. bottle from dbsdelight- thanks again, Dan! Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a finger-thick, foamy, off-white head and some visible carbonation on the sides. Aroma of floral hops, rye, grapefruit and orange citrus, pine, and caramel malts. Flavor of rye, floral hops, citrus peel, minerals, and bitter resin. Light-medium bodied, with medium-high carbonaiton and a crisp, bitter mouthfeel. Not a whole lot to this one. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottled. Poured hazy medium amber with a fluffy, sticky whitish head.. lots of sediment in the glass. The aroma really didn’t pick up much.. some soapy hops over nondescript pale malts.. a little rye and some piney hops as it warmed up. The flavor found more of a sticky, syrupy-sweet impression.. sweet molasses, fruity, and pale malts at the core.. bitter on the edges with more earthy hops and spicy rye.. tacky, bitter finish with a little more rye. Light-medium bodied and increasingly bitter/rye-ey as it warmed up.. the malt bill wasn’t interesting, and felt kind of cheap, but the rest of it came together aiight. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 Pour on tap at the Reserve Tasting at the brewery (Glendale, WI). Pours a murky brownish amber pour, some amber glow on the edges, well hazed brownish middle. A frothy offwhite head sits around as a firm layer, sits around and laces well as a sturdy film. Aromas are sweet caramel and biscuity malts, touches of rye and a more American spin on hops, lemons and grass, just a touch of grapefruit. As it warms a touch more, more grapefruit, firm and zesty. Initial is mellow, lighter end of medium bodied, a bit deadened up front, waft of bitterness, middle is mellow sweetness, gentle grassy and floral hops, a kiss of citrusy lemon and grapefruit. Finish brings a decent to average bitterness back into the fold, giving a bit of a comeback, a touch of sticky crisp sweetness. Biscuits, toast. It’s quite drinkable, a bit low on hops into the finish. It’s doable. A bit underbodied, a touch low on hops. But I think it’s better than most other "hoppy" beers I’ve had from the Sprecher guys.. And an interesting concept that they started the label to make some more "trendy" styled beers.